Inter ‘can’t sign Rafinha, Cancelo’

Inter are not in a position to sign Rafinha (pictured) or Joao Cancelo, on loan from Barcelona and Valencia respectively, but may ‘in the future’.

Brazilian midfielder Rafinha joined the Nerazzurri from Barca in a loan deal in January while wing-back Cancelo spent a season on loan at the Milanese giants from Los Che.

However, Inter are said to not be in a position to active their right to buy clauses due to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.

“The club has already started to move well, but they need to balance the books which is crucial,” Inter Coach Luciano Spalletti told reporters on Thursday.

“Football has changed, before they gave you a penalty and you couldn’t go back on that, just like before you could spend what you wanted.

“Now we need to abide by the settlement agreement signed by the previous owners, having inherited it we must keep to its criteria and requirements, we need to follow a path to balance the books.

“Once that’s done we can reinvest, but it’s difficult to get big names, like last year.

“That’s not to say they won’t arrive, but everything depends on what we can come up with. Right now Rafinha and Cancelo can’t be signed outright, even if they did very well for Inter.

“We’ll see later, but right now we can’t. We took two exceptional players, who gave us strength from a football point of view, and Rafinha from a mental point of view too since he came from a club which always wins.

“Unfortunately this is the way it works.”

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